Epoq Legal, a provider of document automation systems recently announced a partnership with Singapore-headquartered multidisciplinary professional service provider, ZICO Holdings Inc. (ZICO) to develop online legal services in the ASEAN region.
Legal services will be delivered via ZICO’s newly established subsidiary, ShakeUp Online Sdn. Bhd. (ShakeUp), which will provide integrated professional services online under the ShakeUp brand directly and via third party distribution arrangements, as well as by General Counsel.
ShakeUp’s platform will address the needs of small medium enterprises (“SMEs”) in the ASEAN region* for legal documents that are easy to use and affordable through an integrated online platform.
In addition to its direct-to-SME platform, ShakeUp will partner with large companies and institutions in the ASEAN region to provide innovative products and services to their customers. It will also offer Epoq Legal’s technology to help these organisations improve the quality and cost efficiency of their in-house support services.
ShakeUp is collaborating with Epoq Legal by way of a Licence and Support Agreement, which will see ShakeUp’s services powered by Epoq’s pioneering and proven document automation system. Epoq Legal will assist ZICO in the development of a legal services website and provide an application programming interface (API) driven solution to facilitate customer access and online payment. It will also provide ZICO with a back-end document workflow system and reporting tool. Furthermore, ZICO will be engaging Epoq Legal’s consultancy service for help in the creation of legal document precedents.
Richard Cohen, Executive Chairman and Head of Partnerships at Epoq Legal, said, “We are delighted to be partnering with ZICO in the development and launch of Shakeup Online. A pioneer of legal document automation, Epoq’s technology is already trusted by many major institutions and law firms, in both the UK and North America to deliver high-quality online legal services to consumers and SMEs, as well as large companies and institutions. Our partnership with ZICO will give SMEs in the ASEAN region easy and affordable access to legal services, as well as broaden the reach of our technology into a new and currently unserved territory.”
Chew Seng Kok, Managing Director of ZICO, said, “We seek always to add new service offerings, establish new distribution channels for our existing services offerings, and reach out to a wider pool of clients. ShakeUp’s launch is in line with this strategy and is made possible through our partnership with Epoq Legal and the use of its pioneering legal document automation technology.”
*SMEs account for 88.8% to 99.9% of business establishments in ASEAN member states retrieved from http://asean.org/asean-economic-community/sectoral-bodies-under-the-purview-of-aem/small-andmedium-enterprises/